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Dark Fruit Cake

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Ingredients
  Golden raisins 15 Ounce (1 Package)
  Dried apricots 8 Ounce, quartered (1 Package)
  Graham cracker crumbs 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  All purpose flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Granulated sugar 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Packed dark brown sugar 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Ground cinnamon 2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Shortening 1 1⁄3 Cup (21.33 tbs)
  Eggs 8
  Orange juice 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Dark molasses 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Pitted dates 8 Ounce, halved (1 Package)
  Candied red cherries 1 Cup (16 tbs), halved
  Candied green cherries 1 Cup (16 tbs), halved
  Broken pecans 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Brandy 1 Tablespoon (As Required)
Directions

Place raisins and apricots in medium bowl.
Pour 1/3 cup brandy into 1-cup measure.
Microwave at High 15 to 45 seconds, or until heated.
Pour over raisins and apricots.
Set aside.
Grease two 8 x 4- or 9 x 5-in loaf dishes and one 8-cup ring cake dish.
Coat with graham cracker crumbs.
Place remaining ingredients except fruits, pecans and brandy in large bowl.
Blend at low speed of electric mixer 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly.
Beat at medium speed 3 minutes, scraping occasionally.
Fold in fruits and pecans.
Spoon 3 1/4 cups batter into each loaf dish and remaining batter into ring cake dish.
Spread evenly.
Shield ends of loaf dishes with foil.
Microwave one loaf dish at a time.
Center dish on saucer in oven.
Microwave at 50% (Medium) 10 minutes, rotating 1/4 turn every 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove shields.
Increase power to High.
Microwave 3 1/2 to 9 1/2 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly touched and no unbaked batter appears through bottom of dish, rotating 1 or 2 times.
Let stand directly on counter 5 to 10 minutes.
Remove from loaf dish.
Cool on wire rack.
Repeat with second loaf dish.
Microwave ring cake dish at 50% (Medium) 18 to 25 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly touched and no unbaked batter appears on side, rotating 1/2 turn every 3 minutes.
Let stand directly on counter 5 to 10 minutes.
Remove from dish.
Cool on wire rack.
Brush all cakes with brandy.
Wrap in brandy-moistened cheesecloth.
Overwrap with plastic bag or foil.
Refrigerate 2 to 3 days to mellow and blend flavors.
Remoisten cheesecloth with brandy as needed.
Wrap, label and freeze no longer than 6 months.
To serve loaf fruitcake, unwrap one loaf and place on plate.
Microwave at 50% (Medium) 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 minutes.
Repeat, as desired.
To serve ring fruitcake, unwrap and place on plate.
Microwave at 50% (Medium) 5 1/2 to 8 minutes, rotating 1/4 turn every minute.
Fruitcake will still be slightly frozen.
Slice carefully.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Microwaving
Dish: 
Cake
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Raisin
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
18 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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